Michele Strachan of Tams Brig Judo Club has been awarded the JudoScotland Disability Coach of the Year Award.  The JudoScotland Coaching and Volunteering Awards are a National Awards programme designed to recognise the hard work and dedication of the Judo workforce in Scotland. The Disability Coach of the Year Award recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to support those with a disability to take part in Judo.

Luke Struthers of JudoScotland said “Michele and indeed Tams Brig Judo Club’s commitment to creating a culture of inclusivity has not gone unnoticed by the Scottish Judo Community. Their commitment to adapting the sport for those that want to take part is amazing. We have heard some incredible stories from their Judoka about their commitment to inclusivity from adapting the ‘Fighting Fit’ programme to allow a wheelchair user to take part (and even managing to stand), to learning the Deafblind alphabet to communicate and coach one of their members. Michele does all of this with incredible humility demonstrating the true power of sport.”

Michele Strachan added, “What we do here at the club would not be possible without the teamwork of myself and Charlie, for me this is an award for the club. We see judo as an all-ability sport for the mind and body which allows people to be part of a wider community enabling more confidence and choices. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Arnold Clark for their support and funding that has allowed us to install a wheelchair ramp.”

Michele was presented her award on the 17th of January at Tams Brig Judo Club by JudoScotland Regional Development Officer Luke Struthers.